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Is ibuprofen dangerous?

People take ibuprofen to get over headaches, tooth pain and all sorts of ailments. It’s an anti-inflammatory drug so it’s good for treating chronic pain, and it’s also good to take if you have swelling and redness. This drug’s also good for migraines and period pains which are nothing to do with inflammation so ibuprofen is used to treat a wide range of problems.

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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Ibuprofen is a Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). They have a particular effect on the body. Your Prostaglandins are hormone-like chemicals which can cause pain, fever and inflammation as they raise the body’s temperature and dilate the blood vessels. What anti-inflammatory drugs do is they stop an enzyme called cyclooxygenase developing in the body which is used to create Prostaglandins. The effect of this is that inflammation is reduced along with the associated pain it causes.

Side effects

There are downsides to using this form of drug so Ibuprofen can be dangerous given long term misuse. Common side effects include nausea and stomach pain. In more extreme cases, ulcers and bleeding in the stomach can occur. You could also develop headaches and dizziness, and high blood pressure is a known issue. Less common side effects include rectal irritation, heart failure, a reduction of your kidney’s function and a general sense of confusion. Skin rashes, reddening and itching can also occur.

High risk groups

There are certain groups who should be careful when taking ibuprofen or other NSAIDs. These include people over the age of 65, anyone with gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers, those with high blood pressure, kidney disease or diabetes. Taking high doses of NSAIDs or drinking alcohol with them can also lead to complications. You should take care to tell your pharmacist what other medication you’re on before you start a course of ibuprofen based drugs like Neurofen.

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